Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Truffle Fest 2011

I absolutely love truffles (the super-expensive fungus variety, although I am also rather partial to the chocolates) but had never really considered buying a whole truffle, as I always thought it would be too pricey.

Thanks to the joy of Twitter, I recently came across a website that specialises in truffles: www.mistertruffle.com  According to Missus Truffle, English truffles (no, I didn't know they grew here either) were in season and, even better, you could order your truffle by the gram to be delivered to your home.

The English summer truffles come from a wood in deepest, darkest, Dorset.  They're vacuum packed and last up to five days in the fridge.  The flavour of Summer truffles is much more subtle than winter black or white truffles and you do need to use a little more to get a similar effect. 

Admittedly truffles aren't cheap but being able to buy as much, or as little, as you like by the gram makes it much more economical.  Also, as the flavour works well with very simple ingredients, you don't need to spend a fortune on other items.  And, the cost of the truffle, wine and all the other ingredients was far less than a meal out.  Hence, Truffle Fest 2011 began.

The menu:
Posh cheese on toast
Toasted ciabatta, rubbed with garlic and topped with melted gruyere.  Sprinkled with shavings of fresh truffle

Asparagus, poached egg and fresh truffle
Spears of lightly griddled asparagus, topped with a poached egg, flakes of fresh parmesan and a generous grating of fresh truffle

Linguine with parmesan and fresh truffle
Fresh linguine tossed in butter and a drop of cream, topped liberally with shaved parmesan and fresh truffle

Chocolate and home-grown mint mousse

Our deliciously decadent meal was washed down with a chilled Rousanne (thanks to a recommendation from the lovely people at Hello Vino )

I will definitely be buying a Winter truffle from Mister Truffle (or Missus) when they're in season.  They offer a fantastic service and I highly recommend reenacting your own Truffle Fest!


**Update** if you love truffles as much as I do, you'll enjoy drooling over Greedy Diva's truffle & wine weekend in Provence.  Jealous much?!


  1. Oh, you should check out my review of a truffle and wine weekend with a hunting trip I did in Provence by Crillon le Brave - you'd love it!

  2. The trip sounds incredible - I've included a link in the post now. c

  3. Truffle Fest sounds amazing! Especially the linguine. Thanks for the link, I really want to try black truffle, I've only ever had white truffle oil. I'll add it to the wish list!

  4. It was fun - very decadent. I'm definitely keen to get my hands on a black truffle. Some interesting trivia for you: most truffle oil doesn't contain any truffle at all - it's flavour comes from chemical compounds. (I stil use it though!). c


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